Recovery

Recovering from a day of heavy dip eating, not so exciting game and not so funny commercials. Also, very sad about Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Happy Lunar New Year

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Happy Lunar New Year everyone! It’s the year of the horse and I must admit the lunar new year is a bit more exciting than the regular ol’ new year because there are something interesting and fun traditions involved. I never understood why my mom was always so frantic to get the house cleaned before Tet (Vietnamese new year), but now I’m totally into the belief that cleaning the house will rid the bad fortunes associated with the old year. And all cleaning must be done before the holiday to prevent sweeping good luck out the door (happy to say I did not lift a cleaning finger today). You’re supposed to spend the first few days visiting family and friends. Although I don’t have any family in the Bay Area, I will be having friends over for my annual Super Bowl partay (that counts, right?). It’s also believed that how you spend the first fifteen days sets the tone for the rest of the year.

I’m hoping I’m off to a good start. I spent the morning having a very productive meeting with my bookkeeper. Then while I was out treasure hunting, I found a decorative paper lantern (just like above) along with a very old copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (something I’ve been in search of for a very long time). Then, I was featured on Refinery29 and am super stoked to be considered one of SF’s go-to designers. Very excited for the new year…wishing everyone good luck and fortune this year!

Restaurant Manger

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Although I’ve made a pretty good effort of eating my way through SF, there is still a never-ending list of restaurants I’ve yet to visit in the Bay Area. Even still, I can’t help but think of far and away places I’d love to travel to. Travel has been (and always will be) my biggest inspiration for design and life in general, and when there are restaurants in the world like Manger you can see why. This modern, sleek and beautifully designed establishment is in Paris’ 11th arrondissement. The minimalist dining room of Manger’s modern take on the French bistro is enhanced by greenery, a muted color palette and an open floor plan with exposed kitchen. The food looks just as beautiful…as if I needed another reason to get myself back to Paris…

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IKEA : BRÅKIG Limited Edition Collection

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So, I’m really hoping the new BRÅKIG limited edition collection from Ikea will also be launching in the US this coming February. I’ve been seeing these pretty pastel images on the international interwebs and I’m not gonna lie, kinda excited they’re bringing back the Frosta stool. I mean how else can you buy a tall stack of Alto wannabes for pennies (even if they do have one extra leg)? The BRÅKIG  collection is in in collaboration with ArtRebels, a Danish collective made up of designers, film-makers and other artists from around the world. Scandinavian design, pastel colours and clean, graphic shapes. What’s not to love?

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Jackson Hole, WY

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When flying into Jackson Hole, you’re immediately greeted by the Grand Tetons as soon as you step off the plane. Breathing in the fresh, cold mountain air, I knew it was going to be a good trip and the perfect place to ring in the new year.

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I started the first day with a delish breakfast at Pearl Street Bagels.

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Then tramsped around town and did a little shopping, which included a stop at the Pendleton store.

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Not too long after that bagel, I was hungry again (what’s new?) so I made a stop at Persephone Bakery for something warm and filling. This bakery is cozy and so cute, serving Intelligentsia coffee and the best baked goods. I came back almost every day while in Jackson.

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More exploring around the town square and of course I had to pop into a few home shops, including Twenty Two Home.

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One of the days, I took a winter sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge. I could almost touch these beautiful creatures.

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There was lots of touristing, relaxing and reading that went on, and the best way to end the trip was at Solitude Spa. I literally spent an entire day there which ended with a soak in the rooftop hot tub.

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Jackson Hole was the perfect setting to wind down, reflect on 2013 and reset for this upcoming year.

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